The High Court yesterday directed the government to take necessary steps to print or label clear and proper warning and cautions in the stickers of various hand sanitiser and disinfectant spray that contain flammable ingredients.
The director generals of directorates of health services, drug administration and national consumers protection have been ordered to take steps in this regard within two weeks so that people can remain careful about the flammable ingredients.
The HC also directed the government to take steps so that no hand sanitiser and disinfectant spray is sold without the warning labels.
The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim came up with the order after virtually hearing a writ petition filed seeking necessary directives on the authorities concerned of the government to this effect.
Rights organisation Justice Watch Foundation represented by its executive director Barrister Md Mahfuzur Rahman submitted the writ petition as a public interest litigation to the HC through email on July 27.
The organisation included a report published in The Daily Star about Dr Rajib Bhattacharjee and his wife being burnt in a fire caused by a lit cigarette coming in contact with hand sanitiser.
Rajib Bhattacharjee (36), a neurosurgeon at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, died on July 28 at the intensive care unit of Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute.
Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon himself argued in support of the writ petition while Deputy Attorney General Amit Dasgupta represented the state.